Rao R. Bhavani
Coconut de-husking is a labor intensive and expensive process crucial to agricultural productivity in coconut growing states like Kerala which faces an acute shortage of farm labor. Faced with this problem, our engineers have developed a cable driven parallel robot for automating the process of coconut dehusking in large and medium sized farms. The robot assists the mechanized dehusking process by fetching coconuts from heaps aided by computer vision and then autonomously loads them into a dehusking machine’s hopper. As the system is intended for unstructured environments, it was also developed to be both portable and reconfigurable. We have developed an efficient anchor point estimation technique and installation procedure for the system.